Title: The Faerie Ring
Author: Kiki Hamilton
Date of Publication: September 27th, 2011
The year is 1871…
Tiki has been making a home for herself and her family of orphans in a deserted hideaway adjoining Charing Cross Station in central London. Their only means of survival is by picking pockets. One December night, Tiki steals a ring, and sets off a chain of events that could lead to all-out war with the Fey. For the ring is a reservoir that holds a truce between the English royals and the world of the Fey. But there are many who want the ring, including the mysterious Rieker, a handsome pickpocket who has been watching Tiki, and a rebel group of UnSeelie fey who would do anything to break the truce…
A delicious blend of urban fantasy and heart-stopping suspense, the story of THE FAERIE RING takes you from the gritty slums of London to the glittering ballrooms of the Royal Palace to the menacing Otherworld – in a spellbinding tale of mystery and suspense where nothing is what it seems…
Since running away from her aunt’s home after her parents died Tiki has been living alone with a group of orphans. She pick pockets and steals for survival. Tiki comes across a ring that she steals and later finds out it belongs to the queen. Rieker is a boy from the streets that she is not sure whether to trust or not, and there is not only the royal family wanting the ring, but the fae as well.
I absolutely loved the setting of this story, and the fact that it is set in the 1800’s in England is the absolute best. You add fae to that mix, and it is the perfect blend. Tiki was a well rounded character, and I love the fact that she would do anything for her group. They weren’t just a group of orphans but a real family. It felt like the lost boys, but with girls in the mix. When Clara who Tiki found in a pile of trash as a baby gets incredibly sick she has to take her to a hospital, and the only way she knows how to keep her safe is to get money from the stolen ring.
Rieker was a bottle full of mystery, and my favorite thing was learning everything about him including all of his secrets. I just hated that Tiki kept going back and fourth with whether to trust him or not to trust him when at least to me it was obvious that he was trustworthy and really cared about her.
The few fae that we meet in this book were a bucket full of crazy and were not good at all. Larkin! I didn’t know what to do with her, but she was entertaining in all her parts in the book.
This was a fun read and while it would have been nice if it was a little darker I really liked it and can’t wait to read the next book.
How does this book sound to you?